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Bethune police offer safe disposal of prescription drugs

Officials say more than 5,000 pills were stolen

Chief Joseph Cobb with the Bethune Police Department is opening his office to something new. This after receiving multiple calls from families with unused prescription drugs wanting to throw them away. According to a study by the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services, drug overdoses are the leading injury death in the United States. In 2015 the number of drug overdoses was nearly twice the amount of murders.

It's an option to drop off prescription drugs or pills and an effort that Chief Cobb said will lower the number of drugs currently on our streets. “This is a step in the right direction to try and get these drugs off the street," Cobb said. "We've been blessed to where we haven't had that in this town but I know it's here." Cobb said in rural areas like Bethune it can be difficult to properly dispose of prescription drugs and they often end up on the streets. He's hoping the new program will have them end up here instead.

"This will take that away from them,” Cobb said “It will take that temptation away from them so they can bring them to us, we will dispose of them."

Drug drop off boxes can be found at:

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office

Bethune PD

Camden PD

Elgin PD

Lee County Sheriff’s Office

Bishopville PD

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